Seminar to explore strategies that promote mental health after the Corona pandemic

A group of medical personalities and mental health experts participated in the “Advance Health” electronic symposium organized by Dubai Science Park to explore strategies that help reduce levels of anxiety and enhance mental health, especially in the context of the UAE’s quest for the future and foreseeing life after the Corona virus and re-opening businesses and companies Gradually taking all precautions.

The seminar was moderated by the Director General of the Dubai Science Park and the head of the team working in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment sector in the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi. For children and adolescents Dr. Muhammad Taher, and the General Director of the Center Thrive Wellbeing Center Sarah Rasmi, Vice President and General Manager of the company BD MENA & Saudi Maher Al-Hassan.

The four speakers agreed at the “Advance Health: Symposium: The Importance of Mental Health During the Covid-19 Epidemic”, that mental health will become more important as soon as the virus is eliminated and life returns to normal.

Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi said at the opening of the symposium: “Mental health has become one of the most important areas that focus on it globally because of the high levels of anxiety and pressures facing us all. Therefore, the exchange of knowledge and experiences about effective coping mechanisms to achieve a balance between personal and professional life and the enhancement of our health will ensure that we have the necessary tools to manage the psychological impact of the Covid-19 epidemic today and in a post-Corona world. ”

He added: “Living a balanced, high quality life contributes to achieving the national quality of life strategy 2031 and enhances the UAE’s leadership in the quality of life globally, which gives the importance of the symposium’s topic.”

Dr. Adel Sajwani witnessed first-hand the psychological impact of the virus on healthcare professionals in the first line of defense, pointing out that it should not be underestimated. He said: «This virus will end one day, but one of the lessons to be realized is the importance of mental health because health care workers will face a major challenge after the elimination of Covid-19 virus. The government will cope with this efficiently because good mental health is a cornerstone of the UAE’s vision to create a world-class healthcare sector. ”

In addition to talking about the future, the symposium discussed coping strategies with stress and anxieties during the current closing period. Certified psychologist Sarah Rasmi said people may put enormous pressure on themselves as they pursue goals to develop personal skills or improve physical fitness.

In this regard, Sarah Rasmi said: “Adherence to such high standards is unhealthy and leads to feelings of stress and depression when failing to achieve these goals. So I advise everyone to spend some time each day thinking and reconnecting with themselves because that gives the energy needed to meet challenges efficiently. ”

With regard to protecting the mental and emotional health of children now and when they return to school, Dr. Muhammad Tahir, a psychologist for children and young adults, advised parents to give their children a little and sufficient information about the epidemic.

Dr. Tahir said: “Given that the feelings of anxiety arise from the inability to control matters, it is extremely important that we answer our children’s questions about this situation instead of avoiding them in order to reduce the effects of anxiety and stress.”

For his part, Maher Al-Hassan called on companies to sympathize with their employees during the closing period, where he said: “The companies should communicate with their employees as much as possible and show a spirit of sympathy, especially in this difficult period. Also, it should not be assumed that employees have enough time to complete all tasks. Given that they work at home, we have to recognize their efforts and avoid overburdening them. ”

Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi concluded the second electronic symposium for “Advance Health” by inviting everyone to enhance positivity and maintain safety and adhere to government recommendations with the start of the process of easing restrictions.


Coronavirus: two Ireland, two strategies

A bridge separates Lifford in the Republic of Ireland from its northern Irish neighbor, Strabane. And from one village to another, the management of the health crisis is not the same. In Lifford, a resident with symptoms related to the coronavirus must remain isolated for 14 days, according to the instructions given by the Irish health system (HSE). A few meters away, his neighbor living in Strabane is asked to confine himself to his home, only seven days.

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Lack of common strategy

The two Ireland do not play collectively on the management of the virus. “The Republic of Ireland – which had 158 deaths from Covid 19, last Sunday – took a stand behind the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and has carefully followed the situation of European neighbors”, says Gabriel Scally, professor of medicine at the University of Bristol.

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In Northern Ireland, London is the health sector. “The United Kingdom wanted to build on the collective immunity strategy at the start”, continues the specialist.

The principle ? The more people become infected with a disease, the more antibodies they develop against the virus, and the less the epidemic will spread among the population. Except that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed down by closing public places on March 19 – four days after Ireland. Gabriel Scally deplores the lack of a common strategy which “lessens” the advantages linked to insularity: “On a small island, it is easier to limit entry and keep control over the population. “

On tests, the method differs

The two Ireland’s imposed total containment at the end of March. However, Patrick Mallon, infectious disease specialist at St Vincent Hospital in Dublin, fears new infections in the territory “If the borders are not better protected”. For three weeks, his establishment has been adapting to the health crisis: “A corridor for Covid-19 patients has been built. Like a hospital inside a hospital. However, it is not yet known whether the peak of the epidemic has been reached. “

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Again, on the tests, the method differs. Ireland relies on the technique of large-scale screening. As of Monday, April 6, 4,500 people will be tested every day _ compared to 2,600 previously. “The government followed the South Korean model”, comments Patrick Mallon.

In Northern Ireland, where the death toll rose to 63 on April 5, the peak of the epidemic is expected in mid-April. Here, screening is reserved for hospital patients and nursing staff.

“The UK has not invested enough in purchasing tests”, laments Grainne Doran, a general practitioner in Bangor northeast of Belfast. The specialist receives around 100 calls a day. “ Double that normally. Among them are people waiting to be tested, “ says the specialist.

She admits that she is currently underwater. “Yesterday a doctor was sick so we were understaffed. It’s exhausting “, she admits. A point in common with hospital staff across the border.


From Mongolia to Taiwan: Asian countries that have beaten the coronavirus with different strategies

On January 27, just four days after quarantine was declared in Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, Mongolia decided to close the main border crossings with China. And on the 31st he went one step further and cut all links with the neighboring giant. The country of Genghis Khan thus became the second, after North Korea, which decided to shield itself against the influx of people and goods from China, despite being its main trading partner. The reason why was not explicitly mentioned, but it is obvious: with a very basic healthcare system and a third of the population still practicing nomadism, the coronavirus could cause a huge tragedy among the Mongolian population.

The results are also more than evident: Ulan Bator has only reported four cases in the entire territory – one of them is French – and, since it detected the first, Mongolia decided to immediately ban all movements between cities. Following the recommendations of the Executive Director of the World Health Organization, Michael Ryan, the leaders isolated the country as quickly as possible and, in this way, have made it easier for the population to continue with their daily chores without having to undergo quarantines. that have paralyzed activity in China. “The biggest mistake is not acting, staying without doing anything for fear of being wrong,” Ryan said last Sunday at a press conference.

Mongolia is not the only Asian country that has managed to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 with a different strategy than that of Beijing. In fact, the other China, Taiwan, has also taught an exemplary lesson in its particular war against the coronavirus. Despite the fact that it is governed by a consolidated democratic regime that dismantles the belief that only dictatorships are prepared to face situations like the current one, the island has registered only 77 cases, of which more than half have been imported from other countries, and only one has died.

Thus, the former Formosa has the lowest incidence in the hundred countries affected by the pandemic, a real achievement considering the socioeconomic ties that bind it to China. Experts say this is largely due to the country’s rapid readiness, which ordered all passengers from Wuhan to be checked on the same day that China warned the WHO of the coronavirus on December 31, last year. Unlike Beijing, which opted for extensive quarantines at the provincial and local levels, Taiwan has opted for surgical measures: it quickly identifies the infected and conscientiously searches for their loved ones and those suspected of having had contact with them to put them on quarantine without causing significant damage to the economy and social life.

Additionally, and unlike what the European Union has done, that of Taipei was the first government that ordered the cancellation of all Wuhan flights, a veto that quickly spread to other Chinese cities, and that it enacted sanitary controls and of temperature in airports, a measure that Spain has never implemented. As if that were not enough, the Taiwanese authorities launched citizen awareness campaigns in a matter of days. And the population, as diligent as the Chinese, despite enjoying all the individual liberties that the Communist Party denies, accepted the authorities’ recommendations without question.

South Korea has done something similar, a country that, unlike the North, has kept its links with the rest of the world open and has avoided measures as painful as those of China thanks also to a swift and determined response. Not surprisingly, it is the country that performs the most tests outside the Asian giant: some 15,000 daily, many of them in facilities where you can go with the car. Perhaps that has also helped make it the country with the lowest mortality from coronavirus.

The objective has been to detect the infected even before they presented symptoms to stop the active foci in their tracks. It is the opposite of what is done in Spain or Italy, where tests for the coronavirus are only performed on those who already suffer from any of its symptoms. Thus, although to date capitalist Korea has confirmed 8,320 infected, it has only registered 81 deaths. In comparison, 148 French have already perished, although the French country has only confirmed 6,633 cases.

With this strategy that combines control, prevention and awareness, universal health, and quick measures, South Korea has achieved something that seemed impossible at first, when the main focus exploded within a Christian sect: stop the spread of the coronavirus by its geography despite the high population density. “Without harming the principles of a transparent and open society, we recommend a response that combines voluntary public participation with creative technology applications,” said South Korean Deputy Minister of Health Kim Gang-lip. Undoubtedly, the civic and diligent nature of societies in which the collective interest prevails over the individual has been shown as one of the main advantages of Asia, regardless of its political system, in the fight against the coronavirus.


Massachusetts has planned a pandemic for years. Here is what is expected. – NBC Boston

Flatten the curve.

You have probably heard public health officials repeat this phrase as they announce major cancellations and closures related to the new coronavirus pandemic.

So what exactly does that mean? And what can you do to help?

The “curve” refers to exponential growth in new cases that could occur if the virus can spread uncontrollably in the community.

A sharp spike in COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, could bring a stream of new patients, many of whom would need intensive care. Experts say the scenario would have overwhelmed the health system, making it more difficult to make life-saving treatments for all sick people.

The director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, dr. Anthony Fauci explains social distancing and how it can help slow the spread of coronavirus in elderly and immunocompromised patients.

That’s why it’s imperative to stop the transmission of the virus and slow it down in the coming weeks, said Dr. Davidson Hamer, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Boston School of Public Health.

Even if the same number of people contract the virus, doctors and nurses will have a greater chance of saving lives if the cases spread over a longer period of time.

“If there is a big wave all at once, then hospitals could run out of beds, run out of negative pressure rooms,” he said. “You know, if there are many patients on fans, potentially even running out of fans.”

State leaders have yet to indicate what could be a spike in COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. In a press conference last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said the state is now busy planning scenarios for “what could happen in Massachusetts.”

Governor Charlie Baker has announced that Massachusetts has established a command center for coronavirus response. Recognizing the empty shelves seen around Commonwealth food stores, he told people that there is no need to accumulate food.

The Massachusetts Hospital Association has forwarded NBC10 Boston’s questions to the Department of Public Health, which has not yet responded to requests for information on the state’s hospital capacity.

But previous state projections shed light on how serious a public health emergency in the Bay State can be.

In a 2006 flu pandemic preparedness plan, Massachusetts public health officials predicted that as many as 2 million people would fall ill following the emergence of a new respiratory disease.

Using the modeling developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state predicted that over 1 million people would have to be treated on an outpatient basis, based on the most likely scenario of how the pandemic would spread across the globe. state. The model predicted that over 80,000 people would have to be treated in a hospital and up to 20,000 could die, in part because the hospital system would be overwhelmed by a flood of cases.

As part of the preparation planning, public health officials in Massachusetts asked hospitals across the state to negotiate agreements to use other large facilities in their region, such as high schools and arsenals, such as so-called “alternative care sites”. The state plans to touch those facilities to treat patients with less severe cases of theoretical disease, allowing hospitals to focus only on the sickest patients.

Importantly, the new coronavirus that now plagues people around the world may not follow the same trajectory as that shown in the state’s projections. These numbers were based on the assumption that 30 percent of the population would contract the virus. This figure may be higher or lower as researchers collect more data on the virus causing COVID-19.

The president and vice president told the public that anyone who wants a test can get one, but dozens of people have contacted NBC10 Boston investigators to say it wasn’t their experience, including a chemotherapy patient.

Massachusetts’ population has also increased since the state made its forecasts, going from about 6.4 million in 2006 to about 6.9 million today.

Emergency measures put in place by Governor Charlie Baker and others could also mitigate the spike in the epidemic, Hamer said, drastically reducing the number of patients who need treatment simultaneously and potentially saving lives.

“If social distancing and personal hygiene and work at home and all these types of strategies don’t work and we have a very large number of cases in a short period of time, I think it could overwhelm the health care system,” he said.


Atomic Veterans of America – NBC Connecticut

The enemy Hank Bolden
faced did not come from a distant front line.

It came from the skies.

It’s a battle that’s still going on 65 years later. Bolden, who is now 82 years old, is an atomic veteran – one of hundreds of thousands of American service members used in human testing by the United States government during post-WWII nuclear tests and sworn to a secret life.

“They wanted to see how the living soldiers would resist the exposure
to radiation, ”recalls Bolden. “Before using live soldiers they were using
mannequins. But you don’t get real results using mannequins as you would
live bodies. “


While accompanying a friend to a New Haven recruiting station in 1953, Bolden was invited to join the army. At just 16 years old then and already out of high school, he admits that he “pulled down” his birth certificate to move to the age of 18, joining the approximately 200,000 underage soldiers who would have served during the Second World War and the eras of the Korean War.

After basic training in
Fort Dix was assigned to work as a tank mechanic in Texas before moving to Texas
California and becoming a surface-to-air missile mechanic.

Despite an executive order issued in July
26, 1948, by President Harry S. Truman to desegregate the armed forces, the last one
the all black units of the army were not abolished until 1954. And in 1955, Bolden
he says, racist attitudes persist even after the units have been racially integrated.

“The residual thoughts of people were firm
linger, “he says.” My outfit was 800 people strong. Thirteen of us were
black. Ten were from the South, who were more tolerant of treatment
they got racially. But the three of us from the North couldn’t tolerate it,
so I have had many fights over this. So I was the guy they wanted
get rid of.”

It would not be the only race
discrimination Bolden would witness as a soldier.


In 1955, the seventeen year old
he was suddenly ordered to the Nevada desert without explanation.

“They don’t tell you what you’re going to face,” he said. “Nobody
they knew what they were going to face. ”

What he would eventually face was a classified operation known as Operation Teapot at the Nevada Test Site. In a series of 14 bomb throws, or “hits”, military officials tried to test the effects of nuclear bombs on structures and strategies, animals and people.

All races of military personnel
participated in the Teapot operation. But upon arrival in Nevada, Bolden was
astounded to accomplish all the other soldiers in his new specially selected unit
for a mysterious assignment they were also black.

“There was this myth about black people
be able to resist, tolerate certain things more than any other race “, he
He says. “So it was a test on that too.”


One morning in February, Bolden
the unit was ordered in a desert trench. Unbeknownst to them, it was excavated
the expected route of the fallout, only 2.8 miles away from what it would have become
ground zero for the launch of an atomic bomb.

Even though a countdown sounded on the speakers, Bolden says, the soldiers still had no idea what they were about to face. Without protective gear in addition to the normal fabrics and helmets, they waited and looked.

“They tell you to cover your eyes”
he says.

On February 18, 1955, Shot Wasp, the first nuclear test of Operation Teapot, detonated a Mark 6 nuclear bomb dropped by a B-36 exactly at noon. A monstrous cloud of mushrooms filled the sky, reaching 21,500 feet in height.

“With radiation, when you put your arms over your eyes or hands, you actually see the bones, you see the bones in your body from the exposure. You can see your skeleton. “

After the relapse the warning came.

“You swore not to speak
“said Bolden. The soldiers were threatened with imprisonment and fines for violation
The oath.

For 60 years, Bolden didn’t tell anyone. No this
family, not his wife, not his children. Not even her doctors when she spies on her
tumors have started to show. He developed bladder and posterior subcapsular cancer
cataract and in 1990 multiple myeloma was diagnosed.

“They actually gave me three and a half years
four years to live, ”recalls Bolden.
So in 1995 I should have been a statistic. “

But in 1995, Bolden was in remission. He is a citizen
the secret was coming to light.


Government figures estimate between 400,000 and 550,000 US military personnel who participated in a series of nuclear tests between 1946 and 1992. According to the Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, this includes post occupation forces -Second World War of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, prisoners of war in Japan at the end of the Second World War, participants in the atmospheric nuclear tests in Nevada and the Pacific from 1945 to 1962 and participants in the underground nuclear tests in Nevada from 1951 to 1992.

Many of these “atomic veterans” have succumbed before their own
the stories have become public, their bodies are full of tumors. In
1990, the veil of secrecy began to lift.

After setting up the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments to investigate 10-year experiments, President Clinton made a formal apology to American atomic veterans on October 3, 1995. By order of the president, Congress would repeal the nuclear radiation agreement law. and secrecy, allowing atomic veterans to talk about their experiences without fear of fines or treason charges. And financial compensation has been opened to all qualified atomic veterans.

“Those who led the government when these decisions were made are no longer here to take responsibility for what they have done. They are not here to apologize to survivors, family members or their communities whose lives have been overshadowed by shadow of these choices So today, on behalf of another generation of American leaders and another generation of American citizens, the United States of America offers sincere apologies to those of our citizens who have undergone these experiments. the government is wrong, we have a moral responsibility to admit it, “said President Bill Clinton on October 3, 1995

But the television address has been obscured. The same happened
day when OJ Simpson’s verdict was issued in a live classroom feed, taking
on televisions and news cycles across America.

As a result, many skilled veterans had no idea of ​​the ban
the secrecy had been lifted, nor that they could claim benefits. Bolden no
find out until he researched the Internet, he says, in 2015.

“I was once so angry and so aggravating with the government that I thought I would be murdered to keep me from talking,” he says.

When Bolden attempted to apply for subsidies, he found that the burden of proof was placed on his fellow atomic veterans. The government would give compensation from the date a complaint was filed, but not retroactively, and only if the veteran could prove that he had participated in the tests – which proved to be an almost impossible task after millions of military documents were destroyed in a 1973 fire against the National Staff Registration Center. As many as 18 million documents were burned, including 80% of all army personnel discharged between 1912 and 1960.

“They hoped for it
would have died sooner or would have been one of those guys who surrendered ”
says Anthony Bolden, Hank’s son. “No thanks. Hank doesn’t have it.”

After paying her
own pocket for a polygraph lie detector pouch, Hank eventually claimed
approved, setting a precedent for other atomic veterans whose records were

Photo: Hidden story: the atomic veterans of America

Hit a high note

“The love of music has
I’ve always been there. “

After his honorable discharge
from the army, Bolden went to work as an engineer before deciding to pursue a
career as a jazz musician who works while his family grows. Tell the story
while cradling the tenor saxophone that has been at his side since 1967. The “Rolls
Royce “of tools, he says.

The brand is Selmer. IS
in a strange coincidence, the model is a 6 sign. It is the same name as the shot
Wasp atomic bomb design.

But this is where the
the similarities end. The bomb was his nightmare. Music, his dream and his
outlet to work through the trauma of what lived in Nevada

“It’s like the blood inside
my veins. It takes away all my other thoughts, “he says

Bolden is finally
he receives compensation from the government and is now using it to help make his dream come true.
He returned to school, studying jazz performances at Hartt University of Hartford

“They are like the relic
here with all these kids, you know, “he chuckles.

Professor Javon Jackson
says that the 82-year-old is leaving a unique mark on the prestigious program.

“He has a lot of emotion,” says Jackson. “He is a very bluesy, very full of feeling, a natural player. His life, wisdom and the things he has acquired allow him to play the way it sounds.”


The vast majority of
Today, the American atomic veterans of the atmospheric test era are gone. About
400,000 veterans were present during these tests, according to the veterans
Administration. Survivors’ numbers vary, from around 10,000 to 80,000
still alive.

Bolden believes he is one of only two surviving African American atomic veterans who are recognized and receive compensation from the government. He is on a mission to reach as many survivors as possible and help them request the long-awaited recognition and compensation.

And he’s sharing his story, he says, to make sure the plight of American atomic veterans is no longer ignored.

“When people like me pass by, this won’t be part of the story unless someone makes sure it’s kept alive.”